Over the years, the benefits of Omega-3 have become widely recognised in both human and pet health. As an increasing number of people experience positive benefits from adding Omega-3 into their diets, they begin to investigate the possibility of doing the same for their pets.
Omega-3s help the structure of every cell in mammals’ bodies – humans and animals alike. They’re rich in fatty acids, including eicosapentaenoic (EPA) and docosahexaenoic (DHA).
How to increase your pet’s Omega-3 intake
The best way to ensure your pet is receiving an adequate intake of Omega-3s is through supplementation. Many pets are fed on highly processed diets that contain a skewed ratio of Omega-3s to Omega-6s, when ideally they should be balanced. Even if your pet is on the finest raw diet, they may still benefit from having Omega-3 supplements.
Supplements are available as both liquids or capsules. There are benefits to both, and your choice may depend on your pet’s size. Liquids offer more portion control, while capsules offer convenience. The choice is yours and both work as well as each other.
Why is Omega-3 good for pets?
Omega-3 supplementation for pets may benefit the maintenance of healthy:
- Joint health and mobility
- Coat condition
- Brain and eye function
- Kidney health
Many studies have demonstrated that increased levels of Omega-3 supports the maintenance of healthy mobility in pets.
Another key benefit is the maintenance of an healthy skin and coat.
How much Omega-3 should I give to my pet?
The dosage depends on your pet’s size and weight. Most supplements have feeding guides, and you should follow these. Often, dosages can be increased without negative side effects, which may lead to faster results. However, try keep within the guidelines because an excessive amount of Omega-3 oil can hinder the body’s absorption of Vitamin E. To mitigate this, you can look for supplements that are rich in both Omega-3 and Vitamin E oil. Because every pet is different and has distinct needs, you should always ask your veterinarian if fish oil is right for your pet.
Choosing the right Omega-3 supplement for your pet
In recent years, the market for Omega-3 pet supplements has become busy, making it hard for consumers to know which product to opt for. We’ve outlined some key features which may help you make a decision, ensuring you get the highest quality supplement for your companion animal.
First, should look out for supplements that contain EPA and DHA, as these indicate the purity of the product. The higher the level of EPA & DHA, the better the supplement. In addition, ensure the product is free from preservatives and additives.
Next, consider whether the product is oxygen barrier-rated, as this prevents oxidization of Omega-3 fatty acids (which is what creates the ‘fishy’ smell). Products that are produced and packaged in an oxygen-free environment will have a more neutral scent, while still being appealing to pets. Aluminium bottles are oxygen-free, ensuring maximum product quality.
Nutreats Skin, Coat & Mobility
Nutreats Vitals Skin, Coat and Mobility is a 100% natural Omega-3 oil supplement for cats and dogs. It is formulated to optimise the condition of your pet’s skin and coat. After months of product development, our advanced formula was launched in September 2021 with premium, high-quality ingredients.